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Unit Run
IKS K'Vort IKS Pagh
plus 1,652 built since 2327. 900 were in service at the beginning of the Dominion war or have been built during it; 521 were destroyed, leaving 379 in service.
2357 - 2369
Length : 327 m 
Beam : 276 m 
Height : 60 m 
Decks : 15 excluding nacelles
800,000 tons
2 x mark 10 pulse disrupter cannon
6 x Mark 8 disrupter cannon, total output 14,250 TeraWatts 
2 x Photon torpedo tubes + 385 torpedoes
4 x Single shot emergency photon torpedo torpedo tubes
Defence Systems
Shield system, total capacity 877,500 TeraJoules 
Heavy Duranium/Tritanium double hull plus 5.0 cm High Density armour
Standard level structural integrity field
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Normal Cruise : Warp Factor 6 
Maximum Cruise : Warp Factor 7.8 
Maximum Rated : Warp Factor 9 for ten hours
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 285
Torpedo Firepower : 320
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 370
Shield Strength : 325
Hull Armour : 700
Speed : 794
Combat Manoeuvrability : 2,800
Overall Strength Index
Expected Hull Life
50 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 1 year 
Standard : 5 years 
Major : 10 years

Notes : One glance at the K'Vort class cruiser is enough to see the intention of its designers. Virtually identical to the B'Rel class Bird of Prey in layout, the K'Vort is three times the length and approximately twenty five times the volume of the smaller ship, putting it firmly into the cruiser bracket. The extra size has been used by the designers to provide an extra torpedo tube plus four emergency tubes in place of the B'Rels' one of each, replace the Mark 8 disrupters with Mark 10 models and install a secondary armament of six Mark 8 cannon. The thickness of armour across the ship has been more than doubled and the shield system has been considerably upgraded. Other systems have also been uprated in line with the ships cruiser status. Internally, the deck layout has been accomodated within the scaled up design by simply putting three decks in the place of every one. Like the B'Rel there are few windows on this ship; only one in three decks has any windows at all.

The K'Vort class vessel entered service in 2310, and has remained in the fleet ever since. An extensive programme of refits kept them front-line vessels for some forty years, when the Vor'Cha class Attack Cruiser took over that role. Since this time the K'Vort class has mostly seen service patrolling friendly borders such as that with the Federation, where it is a common sight, or in less intensive theatres where top of the line vessels are not required. The K'Vort class was called upon during the Klingons war with the Cardassians and the brief conflict with the Federation, where it performed reasonably well. Recently it has also been forced into action against the Dominion where it has not performed so well, its age and second rank status counting against it. Nevertheless, the sheer numbers deployed mean that this design should continue to see service in some form until the turn of the century.

Last updated : 26th October 1999.
This page is Copyright Graham Kennedy 1998.

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